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Topic: Faux-granite countertop! Just a little paint and elbow grease!  (Read 8834 times)
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« Reply #20 on: December 02, 2011 09:41:01 PM »

Your countertops look AMAZING! I would love to do something like this in our kitchen as we have icky faux butcher block laminate. Although we don't have a ton of counter space, real granite or quartz countertops are just not a budget friendly option.
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« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2011 11:01:56 PM »

Your counters look great.  I've been tempted to try this but am worried about the area around the sink.  It gets  wet  a lot on the counters I have now, even though I TRY to keep it dry. I'm not sure how that would affect a painted counter.  I have visions of bubbling paint and a real mess.  Has anyone had a problem like that? 
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« Reply #22 on: December 03, 2011 10:01:14 AM »

That's what I'm worried about too.  I have one spot to the left of my kitchen sink that seems to keep a plate-sized puddle of water no matter what I do.  I don't know why it does, but it is what it is and we can't afford new a new countertop yet. My countertop is currently a retro (haha!) yellowish-marble-looking-kind-of-thing, but in great shape so I'm hesitant to do anything to them right now.  However, the kitchen cabinets will soon get a major paint overhaul!  I LOVE the granite look though!
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« Reply #23 on: December 03, 2011 01:48:49 PM »

Thanks! And as of right now, all of the cupboards are down and have had two coats of primer and one coat of paint (kitten white is the name ha ha).

In terms of water, the lady at Rona told me that it has been over a year without any signs of wear and tear on hers. Also, look around online and you'll see that it's a durable way of redoing your countertops Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2011 10:58:06 AM »

This is just BEAUTIFUL! I can't believe that this only took twelve hours.... Am I correct in assuming that this time did not include drying time between paint and varnish coats? My honey and I are also DIY'ers and have been working hard to make our fixer-upper our home. I know just how much time and energy these projects take. I am very impressed with your countertops and may just have to send the Mister a linky link to this to show him JUST how awesome our gnarly counters could be. :O) Thanks for posting!!!! Amazing counters....

P.S. Were you able to find a varnish that is food safe? I don't cut on my counters without a cutting board anyway, but I think food safety would still be a factor. Also, I am wondering the best way to de-germ these painted tops. Fingers........Must.... Google........ Again, thanks for posting your super work!
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« Reply #25 on: December 06, 2011 09:49:45 AM »

@Clarachk - such a great, valid question about whether it is safe for food prep. I had done some googling and apparently once it's fully cured, it is perfectly safe on countertops. http://www.ehow.com/info_12158216_can-use-polyurethane-kitchen-counter.html I will still, of course, only cut on cutting boards, but it's nice to know that it's safe Smiley

Oh and the 12 hours (quite possibly less) was without dry time.
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